The word for Bible interpretation is Hermeneutics. Using proper historical context, grammar, and understanding definitions of words is extremely helpful to anyone seeking to understand God’s Word. Bible colleges and some churches offer classes, and now free online classes are becoming available. Check out the Bible Reference Websites and Apologetic Training page. God did not have to reveal Himself to us – He chooses to speak to us through His Word and not allow our own ideas and opinions into the text.
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”2 Timothy 2:15
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”Hebrews 4:12
I’ve been reading through the Bible every year for some time now (the last 8 years chronologically), and last year decided to join “Read Scripture”, a reading plan with accompanying links to related free video commentary from “The Bible Project” (see above 3-min video overview). It was so helpful that I’m doing it again this year and would highly recommend it to anyone else seeking to understand God’s Word.
“Living by the Book: The Art and Science of Reading the Bible, Revised and Updated” (This book really influenced m ) – by master teacher, Howard G. Hendricks, whose life was impacted as a troubled preteen by a teacher who believed in him. He went on to write 23 books and teach over 10,000 students at “Dallas Theological Seminary”.
“Living God’s Word: Discovering Our Place in the Great Story of Scripture” – by J. Scott Duvall, pastor/author and J. Daniel Hays, former missionary, and both professors for “Ouachita Baptist University”; both also wrote a book on systematic theology (listed on theology books page).
DVD BIBLE TEACHING:
ONLINE BIBLE TEACHING:
“The Alexandrian Forum: Discover Jesus in a way that changes how you see everything” – “Spiritual revival comes from reading the Word of God”; offers online free audio Bible classes (Alexandrian Academy), “How to Study the Bible”, “Finding Jesus in the Old Testament”, “Finding Jesus in the New Testament”, devotionals, e-mail newsletter, “Literary Bible Study” pdf download, & more; founded by professor & attorney, Dr. Warren Gage.
“Biblical Training” – offers free online Bible classes: “Bible Survey, A Big Screen Perspective”, “New Testament Overview”, “Understanding the Old Testament”, , “How to Read Your Bible”, “Bible Study Methods” (how to interpret the Bible), “52 Major Stories of the Bible”, “Essentials of Church History”, and a variety of other great classes for the curious, Bible scholars, or anyone in between.
“The Bible Project” – donation-supported site offers free downloadable short videos with animated illustration & commentary; offer “How to Read the Bible Series”; “Word Studies Series” & “Theme Series”; also offer accompanying notes and guide to using videos while reading through the Bible in a year.